Tuesday, September 01, 2015


WEDNESDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

September 2, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time 
[Bl. James Bonnaud and Companions, Joseph Imbert and Jean Nicholas Cordier, 
Thomas Sitjar and Companions, Priests and Martyrs]
Col 1: 1 – 8 / Lk 4:38  – 44

[Bl. James Bonnaud (1740 – 1792), Jesuit priest born in Haiti, Joseph Imbert (1720 – 1794), French Jesuit priest, and Jean Nicholas Cordier (1710 – 1794), French Jesuit priest, were martyred during the French Revolution together with twenty-two others.]

[Bl. Thomas Sitjar (1866 – 1936), Spanish Jesuit priest, and ten others were martyred during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.]

Reading: Col 1:1 – 8
     Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God and Timothy our brother, to the saints in Colossae, our faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Receive grace and peace from God our Father, and Christ Jesus our Lord. Thanks be to God, the Father of Christ Jesus, our Lord!
     We constantly pray for you, for we have known of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints. Indeed you await in hope the inheritance reserved for you in heaven, of which you have heard through the word of truth. This Gospel, already present among you, is bearing fruit and growing throughout the world, as it did among you from the day you accepted it and understood the gift of God in all its truth.
     He who taught you, Epaphras, our dear companion in the service of Christ, faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, has reminded me of the love you have for me in the spirit. 

Gospel: Lk 4:38 - 44
     Leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to the house of Simon. His mother-in-law was suffering from high fever and they asked him to do something for her.  Bending over her, he rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and waited on them.
     At sunset, people suffering from many kinds of sickness were brought to Jesus. Laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Demons were driven out, howling as they departed from their victims, "You are the Son of God!" He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, for they knew he was the Messiah.
     Jesus left at daybreak and looked for a solitary place. People went out in search for him and, finding him, they tried to dissuade him from leaving. But he said, "I have to go to the other towns to announce the good news of the kingdom of God. That is what I was sent to do." So Jesus continued to preach in the synagogues of the Jewish country.

     The Gospel reading presents to us Jesus in his busy public ministry, bringing relief to the sick and those possessed by evil spirits, in addition to his teaching and preaching.  His cure of Peter's mother-in-law is an example of his concern for the sick and those in need.
     We see Jesus going off alone into a lonely place. The Gospel of Mark says, "Very early in the morning, before daylight, Jesus went off to a lonely place where he prayed." (Mk 1:35) Prayer and communion with his heavenly Father are key moments in Jesus' daily life, to be with and to thank his Father.
     Jesus' example of prayer time with his Father is important for all of us who claim to be his followers. It is important that, even in the midst of our busy daily lives, we find quiet time with God.  It is important for us to praise and thank God for his mercy and goodness to us. It is important to be with God our Father in heaven.
     St. Ignatius of Loyola taught and lived the importance of prayer in his life. In the midst of all his heavy apostolic activities, he felt the need to be with God, to find God in all things. He taught his followers to be and to live as  "contemplatives in action."


Julian Nichols
R. Abel Garraghan

Orlando DeLaPena
Mary Kurian

     UY KIM

For the eternal repose of the soul of Mrs. Elena Tan De La Cruz.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

Have a good day!

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